"Muzammil Ibrahim is undeniably a star. I'm proud of Pooja for discovering him," asserts Mahesh Bhatt, who has written and produced Dhokha.
He doesn't comment on the much-publicised spat between Pooja and Muzammil though.
On his role on the sets, he says, "I was there as a father to communicate the conviction of the scenes because that's very important."
He continues,"Pooja had the guts to carry out the subject. She has tremendous energy and behaved like a true leader. I was like a slave to her. "
"I wasn't on the set because I wanted to be there. Pooja insisted I should be there. She said she would direct Dhokha only if I shared the convictions because they come from the storyteller."
The film is as close to Bhatt's heart as Zakhm, which told the story of his mother. "Zakhm was about my home and Dhokha is of the nation."
Isn't Dhokha a bit loud?
"That was deliberate. Look at the world. There is no room for subtlety It's the age of 24x7 television. Human dramas have turned into spectacles. You need to speak in bold strokes," comments Bhatt.
What is the role of the moderate Muslim?
"Unless and until the moderate Muslim gets up and protests against the misuse of his religion, you cannot have peace. You have to space to the them.. understand them. That's what Dhokha aims to do," he ends.